Tesla Air Suspension 101: All You Need to Know!

Tesla Air Suspension 101: All You Need to Know!

Since 2013 until now, Tesla has been using air suspension in their Model X and Y cars. This system is pretty cool as it lets you pick if you want a smooth or bumpy ride, depending on the road and what you prefer.

But, some new owners of Tesla cars find it hard to understand what the air suspension is, how it works, how to adjust its settings, and so on.

Thinking of this, I decided to explain all these matters in easy words in this guide. Let me lift the veil for you guys!

What Is Tesla Air Suspension and How Does It Work?

Also known as Adaptive Air Suspension, this system lets you pick how soft or firm you want your ride to be, depending on what you like. Tesla’s air suspension helps your car drive better by ensuring good ride quality.

With this, the car’s system keeps the front and rear at the same height even when carrying big loads. So, when you select a specific setting for the air suspension, the car maintains its height based on the situation.

Tesla Air Suspension 101: All You Need to Know!

For instance, if you want a smoother ride, the car’s bottom will lift to give more ground clearance. This system makes it for the car to go over steep driveways or ramps.

And, it uses air pressure from the compressor that causes the suspension to raise or lower according to your chosen setting.

However, sometimes the air suspension may act strangely if there are issues. In that case, make sure to fix the Tesla’s air suspension bugs like this after finding out the reasons.

FYI, it’s normal to hear some noise from the compressor when it fills the reservoir with air. You might notice this noise when you start the car.

Does Tesla Have Air Suspension Option?

Nope! Tesla only offers air suspension on Model X and S cars made from 2012 to present days. Just so you know, some MX and MS cars have the Smart Air Suspension option.

With this, it changes the car’s ride height depending on the ground without the driver doing anything. But, both Model Y nor Model 3 cars don’t have air suspension or Smart Air Suspension options.

Still, you can get aftermarket (non-OEM) air suspension to raise or lower the Tesla car’s ride height. But, doing this will void the warranty service.

Tesla Suspension Settings That You Should Know!

In both Model X and S, you can adjust the settings of suspension and able to see the real-time status of the air suspension system. Here are the details of the settings:

Tesla Suspension Settings That You Should Know

Adjusting Ride Height

To adjust it, just hit the brake pedal and click on Controls > Suspension on the car’s screen. Then, pick an option by dragging the slider under the Ride Height section based on your need:

  • Very High – It automatically lowers to Low after driving about 100 feet (30 meters) or speed reaches 15 MPH (24 km/h). To maintain a Very High setting for a long time, hit the Persist until 15 MPH in the setting of it.
  • High – It automatically lowers to Low after driving about 100 feet or speed reaches 35 MPH (56 km/h). To maintain the High setting for a long period, click on Persist until 35 MPH or just hit the High again.
  • Medium – This setting gives better comfort and handling under all situations. If the speed reaches 55 MPH (89 km/h), it will automatically switch to Low.
  • Low – This helps to improve the aerodynamics and helps the car to easily load or unload the cargo with better handling.
  • Very Low – This just lower the ride height to the max which will revert to Low on the next drive. In Model S cars, this setting isn’t available.

After selecting one, you’ll need to wait for a few seconds so that the ride height changes. And be sure to remove obstacles before adjusting the suspension height.

In case the Default Ride Height to Low is turned off (on Model S cars), the ride height will adjust between Medium and Low.

Do not drive harshly when it’s set to High or Very High as this can cause damage and vibration.

Adaptive Suspension Damping

This option lets you adjust the behavior of your car’s suspension. You can easily adjust it by clicking on different settings to suit your driving needs. Like:

  • Comfort – For a smoother and gentle ride, providing a comfy driving experience.
  • Auto – For a fluid yet controlled ride that’s suitable for a wide range of roads and driving styles.
  • Sport – For a firm and balanced ride that adds driver connection to the road.
  • Advanced – For a fine-tuned drive, adjust the Ride Comfort and Handling under Dampening Settings by dragging the sliders.

Once you select the setting, click on Show Suspension Data to see details about the dampers for each wheel including ride height, compression and rebound values, and body accelerations.

In the US, the suspension will raise to add ride control on rough roads when you set it to Comfort or Auto setting.

Overall Thoughts

Tesla air suspension is a great feature that let helps to adjust ride height, handling, control, and other stuff. In case your air suspension makes hissing or weird noises, be sure to inspect its condition in the wheel-base area.

And, if needed, repair the issue at Tesla Service Center. Before that, check this guide to know the estimated air suspension repair cost.

Hope you find this content helpful and detailed to know about the air suspension. And, I’ll catch you with a new topic soon, Bye!

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